APGA crisis deepens as Alex Otti-led faction sacks Ehiemere, elects Nkem Okoro as Abia Chairman
The Alex Otti-led faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State, has elected 26-man State Working Committee (SWC) of the party at a well-attended congress held in Umuahia, the Abia state capital.
Alex Otti, was the governorship candidate of APGA during the March 9, 2019 gubernatorial election conducted in the state.
Also elected were, ward Executives, chairmen for the seventeen local government areas of Abia and three zonal vice chairmen of the party.
Hon. Nkem Okoro, emerged the new chairman of APGA in the State, succeeding Reverend Augustine Ehiemere.
Others were, Hon. Elvis Wabara(Deputy chairman), Dr. Onyebuchi Onyegbule(State Secretary), Hon. Ebere Uzokwa(Publicity Secretary), Chief Kalu Okpo Kalu(Vice Chairman Abia North), Mr. Pino Nwagbaso(Vice Chairman(Abia South) and Evang. Innocent Okamgba(Vice Chairman, Abia central)
In his maiden address read by Hon. Nkem Okoro, the new State chairman of APGA, “We wish to ventilate our condemnation in its entirety the brigandage and illegality perpetrated by some usurpers and hoodlums who regrouped and attempted to hijack our great party, apparently to pursue a fraudulent, selfish agenda at the detriment of the ideals of our party as the leading voice of the opposition and the watershed of the democratic struggle to revive the state.
“We wish to announce that the purported exercise and the illegal gathering of some persons at the party’s secretariat on 23rd May, masterminded by the former state chairman, Rev. Augustine Ehiemere and his co-travelers, were nothing but a sham and nullity hence a court of competent jurisdiction declared it null and void.
“In as much we don’t intend to join issues with the former state chairman, Rev. Ehiemere and his sponsors/paymasters, the salient and incontrovertible fact remains that Abia APGA is intact, indivisible and purposeful under the leadership of our amiable and dynamic Governorship candidate, Dr. Alex Otti, OFR and other leaders sharing a common vision of lifting Abia from the doldrums of backwardness and bad governance to the pedestal of good governance and redemptive leadership.
“May we therefore use this medium to pass an implicit vote of confidence on Dr. Alex Otti, OFR for providing the rightful leadership and the wherewithal that politically elevated and sustained Abia APGA as the leading opposition party and the voice of the groaning masses in the state since 2014 till date.
The statement added, “The new and authentic leadership of APGA as presently constituted, hereby declare an unequivocal support and absolute loyalty to Dr. Alex Otti, OFR, the 2019 Abia APGA Governorship Candidate, as he diligently pursues his petition at the Abia Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia; believing strongly the sanctity and impartiality of the judiciary as the last hope of a common man.
“We are equally poised and determined to work on the side of Ndi Abia by resisting through legitimate means any attempt by those ‘hijackers and usurpers’ masquerading as APGA leaders but merely recruited by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Government of Abia State to derail the course of justice in our dear state. Abia, our dear state and God’s Own State, must be liberated”.
Recall that ND REPORTERS had in May 23, 2019, reported that Reverend Augustine Ehiemere and Elder Sunday Onukwubiri, were returned as Abia chairman and Secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in a congress held at the State secretariats in Umuahia, the state capital.